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Big Block Blueprint: Duplicating Kiwi Customs’ Ford 557 Budget Big Block
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Big Block Blueprint: Duplicating Kiwi Customs’ Ford 557 Budget Big Block

What’s in a name? In the case of Kiwi Classics and Customs‘ KSV9000 Mustang, there are 557 cubic inches packed into the name. The KSV9000 Mustang got its name from […]

Removing the dash is necessary to make our firewall and tunnel modifications. With the dash out of the way, removing the wiring harness, pedal assembly, and pretty much everything else will be much easier.
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Project Thunderbolt LS3 V8 Miata (Part 2): Completing the Teardown and Breakdown

In part one of Project Thunderbolt, we laid out the plans to stuff a GM LS3 V8 in to a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata. In this update we’re finishing the teardown […]

Mopar 499 Street Thumper (Part One): Engine Block Machining & Prep
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Mopar 499 Street Thumper (Part One): Engine Block Machining & Prep

Editor’s Note: Mike Mavrigian has been building engines almost as long as there has been internal combustion. Mike’s shop, Birchwood Automotive, specializes in street performance and racing engines and vehicle restoration. […]

Tah-dah! Having never done anything like this before, Tom says it was a pretty wild moment. “I’m filing this photo under “things I do that my wife will never, ever, ever understand,” he explained. It’s OK, buddy—we do.
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(Updated with Video) Project Thunderbolt LS3 V8 Miata, Part 1: The Master Plan and Teardown

Light car + big engine = silly go-fast fun. Back in the 1940s and ‘50s it was Ford flathead, Olds, and Caddy V8s in Model As. Pontiac stuffed a 389 […]

A better view of the 363 with its new Edlebrock Victor Jrs. in place. The rocker arms are COMP Cams’ Ultra Gold rollers. The 1.6 ratio rockers have a very stiff extruded aluminum body that has an arced channel and contoured top, similar to a bridge design, to give the rockers an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio. The rocker body has additional CNC contouring to improve clearances for valve covers and springs. COMP even replaced the trunnion retaining clips with a durable spiral lock type clip, similar to the locks that hold a piston pin in place.
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Iron Man 363: Building a Stout Small Block Ford for NASA American Iron Competition

Marc Sorger is a diehard racer. At age 13, he and his dad built a 1957 Chevy with a tunnel-rammed 301 small block and 5.13 gears (“I won a bunch […]

Trick Flow engine builder Todd Hodges lowers the Manley Pro Series crankshaft into the block. Forged from 4340 steel, the 4.250-inch stroke crank is heat-treated and nitride before being stress relieved, shot peened, and Magnafluxed. Other features include micro-polished .125-inch radius journals, gun-drilled mains, lightened rod journals for weight reduction, and fully profiled counterweights.
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Rat Race: Trick Flow Assembles and Dynos a 572-Cube Big Block Chevy!

For the third year running, Trick Flow Specialties is building the engine that will be part of the prize package awarded to the IHRA’s Summit Racing SuperSeries Top Class Champion. […]

Real-World Powerplants: Josh Hauck’s 393 Windsor Stroker
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Real-World Powerplants: Josh Hauck’s 393 Windsor Stroker

Josh Hauck was 13 years old when he bought his 1966 Ford Mustang for $350 just a decade ago. “Let me tell you, man. $350 when you’re 13 years old? […]

We debated about showing you this photo of the Plymouth in its new coat of Rutledge Wood Green, but since Rutledge has already posted it on his Twitter page, we figured why not? If you look closely, you can see the finished chassis waiting to be reunited with its shell. We’ll be covering that and much more in the next exciting update.
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Rutledge Wood Plymouth Wagon Update: In His Own Words

Editors Note: We have a guest blog this month from Rutledge Wood himself. Not only does he talk about the latest developments on his ’53 Plymouth Suburban wagon, he’ll give […]

Real-World Powerplants: Christopher Howard’s Mopar 390 Stroker
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Real-World Powerplants: Christopher Howard’s Mopar 390 Stroker

Editor’s Note: Real-World Powerplants is a recurring series that profiles engines and engine builds by everyday high performance enthusiasts—hot rod hobbyists with DIY work ethics and real-world budgets. Mopar’s 318 small-block engine […]

Yard Machine: Restoring a 1968 Cub Cadet with Help from…Summit Racing?
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Yard Machine: Restoring a 1968 Cub Cadet with Help from…Summit Racing?

Muscle cars, monster trucks, and motorcycles get all the glory, but sometimes the coolest cruisers are hiding in plain sight. And by that, we mean in your garage, or storage […]

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